Obama Delays Strike on Syria

    President Barack Obama stands with Vice President Joe Biden as he makes a statement about Syria in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. Obama says he has decided that the United States should take military action against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack. But he says he will seek congressional authorization for the use of force. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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    President Obama announced today that depsite its merit, he would delay a strike against Syria, planned as retribution for the government's use of chemical weapons that killed hundreds last week. "I will seek authorization for the use of force from the American people’s representatives in Congress," he said. As protestors outside the Rose Garden chanted, “Hands off Syria!" the president said the U.S. should take military action—limited in duration and scope—against Syrian military targets. Although he said he was prepared to give the order to strike, he said he was mindful that he is the president of a constitutional democracy. "I'm ready to act against this outrage. Now I'm asking Congress to send a message we're ready to move forward as a nation," he said.